BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years March 30, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 13
Arrow Carton: Heading In The Right Direction BY LEN PRAZYCH
WHAT’S INSIDE 6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x Working From Home: Plans For Today’s Uncertainty 12 Baysek Machines Celebrates 25 Years Of Innovation 8 AICC Chairman Jay Carman: ‘A Mindset Of Growth’ 52 Communicating In Crisis: Initiate, Interact, innovate AICC Members On Impact Of COVID-19: Uncertainty AICC, The Independent Packaging Associa- tion, last week released the results of a sur- vey of its general and supplier members on the effects of COVID-19 on their business op- erations. In a survey conducted in the week of March 16, 89 of the 209 AICC general member com- panies – or 43 percent -- responded to ques- tions about the kinds of impacts they are seeing in their businesses as the coronavirus pandemic spreads throughout North America. The survey was sent concurrent with a similar poll to AICC’s supplier members. Of the respondents, 62 percent are sheet plants; 33 percent are corrugator plants and five percent are sheet suppliers. The initial effects of the coronavirus pandemic and its related societal and business restrictions re- lates to contacting customers directly. Fully 80 percent of those responding said they faced an inability to call on their custom- ers directly due to vendor and visitor restric- tions. This was followed by an increase in employee absences, then difficulties in the upstream supply chain. Not all the news, ho- ever, was negative, even if the underpinning CONTINUED ON PAGE 67
Wisconsin is a midwestern U.S. state with the geographic anomaly of having coastlines on two Great Lakes (Michigan and Superior) and a vast interior of forests and farms. It is referred to as “America’s Dairy- land” because the state is the leading producer of dairy products in the country and has a long history of cheese production. Those more famil- iar with the landscape will also know that Wisconsin is home to several major paper and corrugated industry machine manufacturers, as well
as an abundance of integrated and independent converters, each vy- ing for an ever-larger wedge of the state’s insatiable demand for boxes. It is in a competitive corner of greater Milwaukee in which Richfield, Wisconsin based Arrow Carton Co., a family-owned independent, now in its third generation, has carved a niche that only continues to grow. The company was founded in the early 1970s by the late James Mayer, who was working for an aforementioned integrated. He realized there was a big demand for small runs, exactly the kind of work large integrateds didn’t want to do. So Mayer purchased Arrow Carton Co., a small operation, which had been making boxes and related products since 1949, with the goal of running stock boxes in very small quanti- ties. He began building business at his new sheet plant with five or six employees and a few pieces of old converting equipment. The management/ownership team at Arrow Carton, from left, Brian Wilke, Plant Manager, and owners Shad Young, Cam Young and Katie Gohlke.
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cent require admission to an intensive care unit. This and the contagiousness of the virus has led to social distanc- ing, voluntary isolation, and mandatory lockdown in some countries and circumstances. This situation brings real challenges. An article in Risk Management Monitor offers constructive things to keep in mind when reviewing your business continuity plan. They also offer a good reminder that although you may not be directly affected by a pandemic, a vendor in your supply chain could be. To protect your operations and ensure continuity of services or products to your customers, it is important that you: • Map your dependencies to understand where disrup- tions might impact your value chains. • Review the preparedness of your critical third parties (suppliers, vendors, service providers, etc.). • Identify points of failure in your business-systems.
ed States and the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) updat- ed guidance for doctors treating COVID-19 (March 13th) and provided explanations to categorize most of the cases doctors will see. According to the March 13th report, while most people with
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In addition, keep communication with your employees open. It’s important that they are aware of the probable scenarios and know what is expected of them. And what about the many jobs in our industry that require employee presence? Now is the time to re-evaluate your contingency plan, taking into account updated knowledge of the coronavirus. “Re-evaluate” is essential; new information on the virus and its ability to spread is being revised daily. Check and validate your sources. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Reddit, and Twitter are part of a group, inviting others to join its efforts to combat fraud and misinformation about the virus and elevate authoritative information on their platforms. On a personal level you may ask, “Why should I care if I don’t think I’ll get very sick?” or “Isn’t preparation for isolation selfish and extreme?” Social distancing requires preparation and is widely seen as the best available means to flatten the curve of the pandemic. “Flatten the curve” is how epi- demiologists describe slowing the spread of infection. An individual who doesn’t get very sick can pass the infection along to others and some of them may have to be hospitalized. “A surge of patients with the virus could fill beds also needed by a broad range of other people, such as cancer patients, new- borns or car accident victims,” stretching limited hospital resources and health-care workers dangerously. “This is a condition that may not pose a threat to the individual but a threat to the community,” warns Josh- ua Sharfstein, Vice Dean for Public Health
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Baysek Machines Celebrates 25 Years Of Customer-Focused Innovation
According to the calendar and business records in the company’s archives, Baysek Machines, Inc. incorporated in 1995 after its birth in a steel shed in Amherst, Wisconsin, a rural village about 75 miles west of Green Bay.
Its 25 years of endurance and success in the ever-competitive corrugated industry, however, can be attributed to the blood, sweat and tears of the company’s founder, David “Dave” Helbach. In the decades prior, Helbach was amassing the knowledge and wherewithal to design and develop a flat cutting die system to accommodate a rotary anvil cutting process, the system at the heart of Baysek’s innovative contribution to the industry. The Entrepreneurial Spirit Born and raised in Amherst, Helbach is a self-admitted “farm boy who The Baysek team in front of their flagship product, the C-170 die cutter.
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didn’t like milking cows,” but grew up being intrigued by all things mechanical. Dave’s eagerness to make use of his inquisitive mindset contributed to the start-up and op- eration of five different business- es in the corrugated industry be- tween the years of 1966 and 1993. Helbach claimed he “retired” from business in 1993 at the age of 58. Never one to idly enjoy what many consider their golden years, Helbach “leisurely” began devel- oping a simple die cutting pro- cess for a business friend. “I met a machine manufacturer from En- gland at a Düsseldorf trade show, demonstrating what I considered a
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very clever concept and convinced my friend to buy a machine,” says Hel- bach. “There was one major problem, however. The die cutter didn’t work at performance levels expected and desired.”
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A Successful Cutting Die Concept In February of 1995, with only a few weeks of “true re- tirement” under Helbach’s belt, Baysek Machines Inc. was formed and was quickly successful in automating a simple, effective method that facilitated a flat die process to a ro- tary anvil cutting process. This concept was a contributing force behind the English machines success. In early 2001, when the English company discontinued manufacturing in the U.K., Baysek made a significant cash investment to fund the group of redundant English em- ployees. Baysek initiated design changes of the initial pro- totype, adding servo technology in its new model C-1700 Cutter MK II, which improved operational speed, registra- tion control and easier use. It was introduced to the in-
dustry at six locations in the U.K., and four in the U.S. All machines contin- ue to operate successfully. Though all new Baysek die cut- ters are now manufactured in the U.S., United Kingdom based, Baysek Machines & Engineering Ltd., still op- erates as a parts and service hub for
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As technology constantly advances, the U.S. manufac- tured C-170 continues the same specifications, but with many improvements that minimize down time and maxi- mize operator convenience. The C-170 flat die, rotary anvil diecutter runs simple to complex, nick-free, fully automat- ically stripped jobs that are difficult or impossible to effi- ciently run on traditional rotary and platen diecutters. The servo driven machine handles sheet sizes from 20-inches by 20-inches to 55-inches by 67-inches. Flute thicknesses from F to B/C doublewall, solid board and thin board, sin- gle face and open face corrugated are easily mastered. Up to 60 finished pieces per cycle are accurately counted and neatly stacked at a maximum machine speed of 1800 sheets per hour. Print registration can be held to +/- 1mm and preprint flexo and litho laminated material can be suc- cessfully converted despite the inability to matrix score.
With significantly less manpower than other methods, clean and orderly finished units exit the machine ready for shipping preparation at the control of one operator. The Next Generation A Baysek C-170 die cutter under construction in the company’s facility in Nelsonville, Wisconsin.
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In 1998 Helbach’s daughter, Lisa Waldoch, and her husband David Waldoch, joined Dave in the family business. Lisa left Bay- sek in 2009 to tend to their growing sons, while David has remained in the business for 22 years. Currently vice president, David re- mains manager of operations, which includes administration, accounting, inventory control and on-site machining/manufacturing. “While David is hearing impaired, he certainly is not handicapped,” Dave Helbach says. “At a young age, he learned to read lips and speak over learning to use sign language. With to- day’s added technology and communication options, he operates extremely well.” Helbach’s daughter, Heidi Pronschinske, joined the company in 2010 as Baysek’s Mar- keting and Sales Manager. “Heidi has made a major contribution to our advertising pro- gram and trade show opportunities, and she has developed many new market areas with constant dedication to promoting our system, mainly in Europe, and attracting West Coast and other worldwide inquires,” Helbach says. “She has brought a more professional image to Baysek, as well as being responsible for several direct sales.” In 2015, Dave Helbach’s son, Mark Hel- bach, joined the company and took on the role of president in 2017. Mark Helbach spent 26 years in the municipal truck equipment in- dustry in a variety of positions from sales to management before joining the family busi- ness. Dave says his son is quite knowledge- able about the company and the corrugated industry. “Mark helped out with my former businesses, paying his way through four
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A: I began working at StandFast Packaging in 1985 after working at Evergreen for three years. I started out in sales and over the years began picking up some other admin- istrative duties, such as handling the company insurance plans and meeting with machine vendors. Because it was a smaller business it provided me with more opportunities to become involved in a lot of different aspects of the com- pany. I became president of StandFast in 1997. Q. What is it like working for a family-owned indepen- dent in this industry? A: I’ve been working in the corrugated industry for the past 35 years. I like the fact that the industry is changing all the time and that I am not doing the same thing every day... and there are a lot of interesting challenges that come up on a daily basis. When you work for an independent, fam- ily-owned business in this industry, it’s satisfying to have the opportunity to make a direct impact on the success of the company. Being an independent has made it easy to develop close relationships with our employees, as well as with other independents. Q. How long have you been an AICC member and what value has it brought StandFast? A: StandFast is a founding member of the AICC, which has been bringing value to our company from the very begin- ning of our membership. My father’s decision to join AICC CONTINUED ON PAGE 20
AICC Chairman Jay Carman of Carol Stream, Illinois based StandFast Packaging is halfway through his term and was
looking forward to addressing mem- bers and guests at the 2020 Spring Meeting in San Diego, California, which had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those mem- bers and guests were also expecting to hear from Jay and to learn more about him personally, as well as his
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Q: You’ve been AICC Chairman since the fall meeting. What have been some of the highlights thus far? A: I’ve enjoyed my experience as AICC Chairman over the past six months. One of my first highlights was when I at- tended the Folding Carton & Rigid Box dinner at the Toron- to meeting. It was great to have the opportunity to meet those members who are an important part of our associa- tion. Another highlight I experienced was the West Coast Golf Outing in October. I met a lot of new AICC members I may not have ever met had I not attended this outing. The AICC Canada holiday party was another great ex- perience. I admire that AICC Canada has still carried on the tradition of having this party every year. I enjoyed the casino tables and the Elvis impersonator, as well. Q: What have you learned as AICC Chairman that you didn’t know before? A: I never realized how much the members of the AICC respected and supported the Chairman posi- tion and AICC as a whole.
enabled him to apply what he learned at the meetings to help his company grow. The AICC exposed him to new ways of doing business. He saw the value of purchasing modern machinery and how to improve his company’s effi- ciencies, capabilities and gain an edge in the marketplace. Q: Jay, what is your theme as chairman? A: My theme as Chairman of the AICC is “Growth Mindset.” StandFast became a second-generation business when my three brothers joined me in the company. Our involve- ment in the AICC brought us the exposure of many new ideas and helped make StandFast a learning organization that was ready and open to change and growth. It enabled us to get out of our comfort zone and “fixed mindset” and take the risks that would move us forward in the market- place...just as our father did.
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TAPPI Selects Fellows, Outstanding Young Professionals For 2020 TAPPI has announced it will bestow the title of Fellow on nine members and name five individuals as this year’s re- cipients of the Young Professional of the Year award. Fellow is an honorary title bestowed upon a small per- centage of TAPPI’s membership and is given to individuals who have made extraordinary technical or service contri- butions to the industry and/or the Association. The following individuals have been named 2020 TAP- PI Fellows. • John Bergin, Owner, Technical and Investor Consulting, LLC • Fernando Bertolucci, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Suzano • Jim Brewster, Retired. Former Senior Project Advisor, Irving Pulp & Paper, Limited. • Donald Haag, Vice President of Manufacturing Ser- vices, Packaging Corporation of America • Mark Lewis, CEO of Sustainable Fiber Technologies (SFT) and Phoenix Pulp and Polymer; recipient of the 2020 Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award • Przemyslaw Pruszynski, Ph.D., Consultant, Pruszynski Paper Chemistry Consulting, LLC. • Jack Tippett, Ph.D., Consultant, EnTech Engineering, PC • Roland J. Trepanier, Ph.D., President, OpTest Equip- ment Inc. • Angela Wensley, Ph.D., P.E., Retired. Former Consul- tant, Angela Wensley Engineering Inc. Each year, the Association may elect members as TAP- PI Fellows in recognition of meritorious service to the Association and the industry. The title Fellow is also con- ferred upon TAPPI Board chairs, vice chairs, and directors at the end of their terms of office, and upon Gunnar Nich- olson Gold Medal Awardees and Herman L. Joachim Dis- tinguished Service Recipients. The Young Professional of the Year is an annual contest that identifies aspiring young leaders in the global forest products, pulp, paper, tissue, packaging and associated industries. Eligible nominees are age 35 or younger with less than 10 years of industry experience. The winners of the 2020 TAPPI Young Professionals of the Year awards are: • Peyton Clifton, Mechanical Project Engineer, Domtar • John DeJarnette, Senior Researcher, WestRock Corpo- ration • John Edwards, Operations Superintendent, Domtar • Natasha Melton, Senior Researcher, WestRock Corpo- ration • Nika Wanserski, Shift Supervisor, Neenah, Inc. The award recognizes Young Professionals who have made significant contributions to the forest products in- dustries in the following areas: Leadership, Community CONTINUED ON PAGE 24
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“Corrugated cardboard packaging is the backbone of the American supply chain,” said Fibre Box Association President and CEO Dennis Colley. “As COVID-19 changes our daily lives, we want to assure consumers that the box industry is continuing to operate and to deliver needed packaging to our customers who supply grocery stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices and hospitals with food and medical supplies to keep us all healthy and safe.” Disruption in the availability of these goods would cause significant hardships to consumers across the coun- try who depend on steady and stable supplies. Corrugat- ed cardboard manufacturers are dedicated to continuing to operate box plants under the guidelines of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupa- tional Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure products continue to flow to market. Fibre Box Association joins American Forest & Paper Association in encouraging federal, state and local gov- ernments to recognize the corrugated packaging industry as “essential” when drafting “Shelter in Place” orders. We ask for clear exclusion of our manufacturing operations to limit disruptions to the supply chain. “We are grateful for the dedication and commitment of all people working in the corrugated packaging industry,” said Colley. Serving the corrugated industry since 1940, the FBA ac- tively promotes the benfits of corrugated by communicat- ing with its members, their customers and retailers.
Service, and Problem-Solving Contributions to Scientific or Engineering Projects. Winners are recognized in TAPPI’s various publications and online. In addition, they are granted one full year of TAPPI membership and are invited to attend their division specific TAPPI conference during 2020 to receive their award. For more information, visit www.tappi.org . TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and converting industries. Through information exchange, events, trusted content and networking opportunities, TAPPI helps members ele- vate their performance by providing solutions that lead to better, faster and more cost-effective ways of doing busi- ness. It has provided management training and network- ing to the industry’s leaders for more than 100 years. Box Industry Keeps Supply Chain Moving Amid COVID-19 Challenges The manufacturers of corrugated cardboard boxes are working to keep transport packaging flowing to makers of essential products including packaging for food and other consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical products, tissue and hygiene products and more amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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How To Make Do With Less: Layoffs, Reductions In Hours And Workforce BY JOEL GREENWALD Considering the rapidly changing economic and social landscape caused by COVID-19, many employers find
potentially pay to employees if notice is not provided. Exceptions may exist for unforeseen business reasons – but not always. • Overtime Exemption Status May Govern Employee Treatment : As a reminder, with regard to pay structure and overtime requirements, both federal law and the laws of states that address it, require that all employees be paid overtime wages (1 ½ times their regular hour- ly rate) for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek, unless that employee falls into an exemption from the rule. If they are not under an exemption, they are called “non-exempt” and must be paid overtime wages (for hours worked over 40 hours in a week). If they are un- der an exemption based on their job’s duties and re- sponsibilities, they are called “exempt” employees and do not get overtime pay. Exempt employees get a set salary every week that cannot be decreased except in limited circumstances. This distinction can be key when decreasing pay. • New Legislation May Affect Company Decisions : At this time, there is legislation being circulated through the federal government that may involve sweeping paid leave protections for employees who are forced to take time off from work for various COVID-19-related reasons (such as: for the employee’s own treatment, preventive care, or quarantine, or to care for a family member who is being treated or a child whose school
themselves wondering what might happen if they are unable to main- tain their current workforce at its cur- rent level. Clients have reached out to ask important and pressing ques- tion such as: Can I reduce employee hours? Can I reduce pay across the board? What can I do to avoid a lay-
off? What if I have to lay off? Can it be temporary? I have heard the term “WARN” notice; what is it? These are all good questions. We will address these, and more, below. First, we’ll discuss some key things you need to know to put these questions in context. And after that, you’ll find answers to some of these timely questions. • Notice to Employees and Government of Termina- tions/Reductions in Force : The federal Worker Ad- justment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) and state equivalents require certain larger companies to give advance written notice to employees of certain large-scale terminations and reductions in force (such as mass layoffs and plant closings, among others) and,
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is closed). Under the proposed legislation, employers may be required to provide up to two weeks of job-pro- tected leave of full pay and up to 10 weeks of leave of partial pay to affected employees. In the event these protections go into effect, deciding how to address lack of work and potential business shut-downs may become more legally complex. Given the changing landscape, it’s particularly important for business own- ers and executives to be strategic and proactive about potential changes to their workforce in the coming days and weeks. Our feedback below is based on the status of the employment laws as it stands today. Frequently Asked Questions Here are responses to Frequently Asked Questions that address business owners’ concerns about how they will make do with less budget to support employees. Please note that business situations vary and the answers for your situation are often fact-specific. We hope the following FAQs address questions that are relevant and pressing to your business, but they are only general legal information. 1. What are the legal considerations if I need to lay-off a group of employees? Depending on the size of your company, the number of employees being laid off, and the location of the layoff, notice obligations under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) and state equivalents may be triggered. For example, in New York, employers with 50 or more full-time workers may need to report a loss of employment of 25 employees and give those employees and the gov- ernment at least 90 days’ notice of the termination (i.e., continue to pay employees during that time). Although some exemptions (such as unforeseen business circum- stances) may apply in light of COVID-19, and some tem- porary work stoppages may not require WARN notice, the WARN laws are highly technical and the potential penal- ties are steep, so we recommend consulting with employ- ment counsel on your particular situation before terminat- ing multiple employees at once. Other legal considerations include the potential payout of sick and/or vacation hours, how layoffs may affect com- pany (and the employees’) benefits and what legal obliga- tions are triggered under the benefits plans and relevant laws (such as COBRA). The timing of paying employees their final paychecks, must comply with the applicable state law. In addition, to the extent you offer a severance in exchange for a release to laid off workers, there may be certain additional notice requirements under the Older Workers’ Benefit Protection Act. 2. Business is down. To avoid a layoff, can I just reduce everyone’s hours? For employees not entitled to overtime (including those who are paid on an hourly basis), general-
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How Long Does COVID-19 Last On Corrugated Surfaces?
surfaces or remove germs. To properly disinfect, prod- ucts often need to remain on a surface for 3-5 minutes. • Sanitizing: Kills germs, but not as effectively as disin- fecting. While some products can be used to do both, disinfecting generally requires more time and work. Sanitizing is often easier to accomplish, and still con- tributes to reducing the risk of infection. For the most up-to-date information on work environ- ments, companies should refer to the US Centers for Dis- ease Control and Prevention and OSHA. What About Delivered Packages? The surge in deliveries, including more food deliveries as restaurants are closed across the country, has led to the question of whether people can contract COVID-19 from packages. The CDC said the chances of getting corona- virus from delivered packages is likely very low. Infectious disease experts still recommend leaving packages out- side for a day if possible. However, workers at some of the country’s top deliv- ery companies have indicated that procedures may need improvement to keep everyone save from the illness. UPS said in a statement that it has been disinfecting its facili- ties and vehicles daily, providing sanitizing supplies to all drivers and telling sick employees to stay home. Similar policies have also been in effect at FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service. UPS and FedEx have also stopped requir- ing in-person signatures for most package deliveries to follow social distancing guidelines.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is no evidence the coronavirus is spread by coming into contact with contaminated surfaces, but several news out- lets have picked up a story about researchers who have tested common home and hospital materials. In two of the stories, it’s noted that COVID-19 likes plastic and stainless steel surfaces best and can last on those surfaces for up to three days compared to up to 24 hours on corrugated. There is no evidence to support transmission from products or packaging. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled and exposed to different conditions and temperatures is also low. Additional information is available from the CDC and EPA to help educate the public on the differences be- tween cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing methods: • Cleaning: Removes germs and dirt from surfaces, typ- ically through soap and water. This method lowers germ numbers but doesn’t usually kill or destroy them. Cleaning surfaces is a first step, prior to disinfection. • Disinfecting: Kills surface germs through disinfectant chemicals, which do not necessarily clean visibly dirty
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